Day 8 – Saturday 23 July

Big Fish Flight Parade through High Street – starts 10am – until 5pm  –

Come and see Octopot – with thanks to applause Rural Touring

Street Market and Parade on the theme of Flight in the High Street.  Fantastical costumes and constructions and street performers.  Family-friendly Saturday Workshops at Rose St Cottage of Curiosities, Saturdays 18th June, 2nd and 9th July to make a costume for Parade Day.  Market Stalls for hire.

For more information, contact Chris Reed on 07775 712356 or email

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Pictures of various promenade parades over past few years.

Art Exhibition – Open Aviary – at Rose Street Cottage of Curiosities starts 11am until 3pm – DONATIONS

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List of artists – Julie Bradshaw, Gen Doy, Lynn Dennison, Anna Bridges, Anne Ho Cooper, Karen Crosby, Paul Crocker, Laurie Harpum, Gabrielle Hoad, Amanda Hopkins, Beth Lanning, Victoria McBride, Linda Newcombe, Micheala Nettles, Nicole Mollett, Susan Petticrew, Jane Oldfield Mark Sosbe, Hugh Ribbons, John Gervais Ross.

Island Projects is working in partnership with Sheerness Dockyard Preservation Trust and the Promenade Festival 2016 to create a platform for contemporary art on the Isle of Sheppey. The mobile art space ‘Room’ has been installed next to the Sheerness Dockyard Church. ‘Open Aviary’ is the first of such exhibitions, and will bring together a selection of high quality artworks which respond to the theme of Flight.

Exhibition: History of Flight on Sheppey – starts 10am until 3pm
Aviation Room, Eastchurch – DONATIONS

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The Aviation Centre tells the story of the early aviators at Shellbeach (Muswell Manor), at Eastchurch and at Leysdown.
– 1910 – The Aero Club of Great Britain
– 1914 – Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Flying Corps airfield
– 1918 – RAF Eastchurch and RAF Leysdown
– 1950 – HMPS Eastchurch then HMP Standford Hill

FREE entry, FREE car parking.

Cafe will be open on each day, except Sunday

Photographic Exhibition – Sir Stanley Hooker – open cafe times
Healthy Living Centre, Sheerness – FREE ENTRANCE


This exhibition reveals the outstanding achievements of one of Britain’s greatest aviation engineers, who few realise was born on Sheppey. It features the life and work of Sir Stanley Hooker, who made an incredibly significant contribution in developing the engines of our most iconic aircraft, from the Spitfire, through to the Vulcan and ultimately Concorde.

Saturday 23rd July – 7.00pm ‘LIVE CINEMA’ ANDRÉ RIEU’S 2016 MAASTRICHT CONCERT

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Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries.

Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his world-famous 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André promises, and delivers, an unforgettable musical experience full of humour, fun and emotion for all ages.

Saturday 23rd July – 7.00pm – £20 (Doors Open 30mins prior to performance) Box Office 01795 662981 69 HIGH STREET, BLUE TOWN, SHEERNESS, ME12 2AW

Flight on Sheppey – poems and art work – see Castle Connections website for opening hours – Castle Connections, Queenborough – FREE EVENT

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This exhibition will feature places visited by members of the Aspirations group over the years;  like the Aviation Museum at Eastchurch, Muswell Manor (home of the first aircraft factory in Britain), the Eco Centre at Brambledown , Elmley Reserve, Barton’s Point, Halfway Cemetery and Queenborough. This is a quirky look at some of the best bits about Sheppey
The history behind the visits
– The Research- From local news- papers courtesy of Minster Gatehouse Museum  and the Eastchurch Aviation Museum (annex  to the  Blue Town Heritage Centre)

Tributes to
– The artist Julie Bradshaw
– The author David Hughes
– and historians Peter West and Rosemary and Martin Hawkins (Eastchurch Aviation Museum)

The glue that binds this exhibition together will be the poetry.

For more details please ring Linda on 01795 664718 or email